If someone's target-fixated on me, I'm not sure how much difference their depth perception makes. They correct when (and if) they notice what they're doing. They don't make a decision that they've gotten close enough and now it's time to stop steering towards me. You learn a lot from being a pedestrian that cyclists with their backs to overtaking traffic never see.
It's pretty obvious to me that a blinking light is more noticeable than a solid one. Pay attention some time when you're behind someone in low visibility conditions, motorized or not. Or what about those radar signs that strobe at you when you're doing more than 10 over the limit? They get your attention pretty good, eh.
I think there are good arguments for motorcyclists to be as invisible as possible, because with a motor and a throttle and good attention and skills, we can get out of most trouble that we let ourselves get into. Not so much for bicyclists. The same as with my hi-viz clothing, I choose to be as visible as possible, even though I'm well aware of the risks of target fixation. At least 20% of motorists will do the right thing when they see me. That's about the same percentage as target fixate, but it's a much higher percentage than those who target fixate AND don't correct in plenty of time. As I say so often, I choose to be visible for two reasons: first, as a courtesy to motorists who ARE paying attention, and second, for the benefit of my loved ones if something does happen, since almost universally when a non-motorized road user is struck, the authorities and/or juries make it their fault, and wearing the wrong clothes and gear is the #1 way we are blamed.
Last edited by OakLeaf; 07-08-2013 at 04:46 AM.
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